Amateur painter and sculptor Harvey Ladew had a keen appreciation of art in many forms —
painting, traditional sculpture, and of course, the art of topiary. 
Over the years, Ladew Gardens has welcomed local, national and internationally renowned artists to the Gardens to exhibit and sell their work. 

Ladew Artist-in-Residence
Sam Robinson



Sam Robinson 

Annual Art Show and Sale: EXPLORING LADEW  
Saturday, September 17
6 - 8 pm
(Patron’s Preview at 5 pm)

You are invited to join us for this special art show and sale of the cumulative work from Sam’s year as Ladew’s 2022 artist-in-residence. Enjoy cocktails & hors d’oeuvres.

Exhibit will remain open Sunday, September 18 - Sunday, October 2 (10:30  am - 3: 30 pm) for viewing and purchase. (Please note Ladew is closed on Wednesdays)

The complete exhibit can be viewed at  


Thank you to our exhibit partners

  Suzi & David Cordish                              Karen & Mike Smith       

About Sam Robinson

Sam Robinson sees many exciting parallels between his life and that of Harvey Ladew. In addition to gardening, Harvey Ladew loved horses, fox hunting, travel, the arts, and socializing. Sam is well known for his scenes of timber racing, fox chasing, and local landscapes. Ladew’s beautiful gardens, as well as gardens created by Sam’s wife Barbara, and scenes from their travels are also favorite motifs. Additionally, Sam paints luscious interiors, dynamic gatherings and portraits. We are thrilled to have Sam with us at Ladew this year and look forward to seeing all those things that Harvey loved celebrated in paint.

beautiful paintings are characterized by a fluent painterly realism. Gouache is one of his favorite mediums. Portable and quick, it makes up most of his direct work done from life. Oils are his primary medium for larger studio work.

“In today’s saturated world of digital photographic images, the point of painting is the handmade mark and the poetic interpretation of the life around us.” Sam Robinson


Sam Robinson was born in 1953 in New York City. At the age of six, his parents moved to South Korea to serve as medical missionaries, where Sam lived until graduating from high school. He showed an early interest in art, and his first formal instruction was in the Korean version of painting in ink on paper, an excellent start in brush handling. Sam attended the Maryland Institute College of Art, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1978 with a degree in painting. Since that time he has made his living as a professional artist and as the owner and founder of The Valley Craftsmen, Ltd., a decorative finish contracting firm.

Sam has been painting plein air scenes and portraits all around the Gardens and Manor House throughout the 2022 season. Be sure to say hello if you see him painting in the garden. Learn from and get to know Sam at his Fall Lecture. Commissions are also available. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will go to support Ladew’s Art in our Gardens program.



Sam Robinson Paintings